If you have discovered asbestos in your home or business, it can be an unsettling time. Asbestos is a dangerous material that needs to be handled with care and finding professional asbestos removal is the first step on dealing with it properly.
If you’ve booked an asbestos removalist or consultation with one, you may be wondering what to expect. At Icon Asbestos Removal, we have decades of experience safely handling complex asbestos removals in Brisbane.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the details so you can be assured of a safe and legally compliant removal service.
What Is Asbestos And Why Is It Dangerous?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous material that was used extensively in the past as an insulation and fireproofing agent.
Inhaling or otherwise ingesting it can cause serious illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases over time. It is for this reason that it must be handled with care and removed safely from any building.
Why Professional Asbestos Removalists Are Necessary
Due to the danger of asbestos, it is important to hire professional asbestos removalists as they have the experience and knowledge necessary for handling such hazardous material properly.
Queensland government legislation requires that removals be carried out by qualified asbestos experts. There are stringent rules regarding how to dispose of asbestos also which must be followed to the letter.
Failure to safely remove and dispose of asbestos can lead to large fines and other penalties being enacted not only on the removalists but the property owner also. For this reason, only fully licensed and qualified asbestos removalists should be engaged.
When you hire a professional asbestos removalist in Brisbane, you can expect them to do an inspection and test for any potential hazards, take all the necessary safety measures during the process of removal, as well as provide cleanup and disposal services after the job is done.
What to Expect During Asbestos Removal In Brisbane
Following a discussion with a qualified asbestos removalist, the following can be expected.
Step 1: Pre-Removal Inspection And Testing
Before any asbestos is removed, an initial inspection and testing of the material will be done. This is performed so that the type of asbestos can be determined and the best course of action for removal can be decided.
During testing, all care will be taken to ensure no dust or asbestos particles are released into your property. Even the suspicion of asbestos means all care will be taken until it is confirmed via testing.
Keep in mind that should the asbestos be inert and there is no need to interfere with it, this is always the safest course of action. It should only be removed if renovations or demolition mean it will be disturbed.
Step 2: Appropriate Safety Measures During The Process
Just as with testing, great care will be taken with the removal process for asbestos from your property. All household members and pets will need to leave the premises. Your neighbours will also be informed that a removal service is on site.
If you are living in the property where the removal is taking place, we recommend removing as many of your personal effects from the space as possible.
To adhere to all workplace health and safety your professional team of removalists will be wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) including a P2-rated face mask. Drop sheets will be placed in and around the area where the removal will take place. Wet rags will be on hand to wipe up any dust and disposed of after use.
Asbestos will be dampened as it is removed to reduce the risk of fibres being stirred up and all material will be wrapped and clearly labelled for disposal. The plastic used to wrap asbestos is no less than 200 microns thick to ensure it cannot be easily torn.
Step 3: Post-Removal Cleanup And Disposal Services
Following the removal and wrapping of all asbestos, drop sheets will be carefully folded and a decontamination area will be set up where removalists will carefully remove their PPE.
All PPE along with the drop sheets, rags and any other items used will be carefully wrapped in plastic for disposal along with the asbestos itself. This waste is then taken to a designated disposal location where it will be buried.
You will not be permitted to return to your property until the entire clean-up has been completed and signed off as safe by the attending professional.
Choosing An Experienced Asbestos Removalist In Brisbane
Hiring an experienced professional will ensure that your home or office is free from any residual asbestos particles, making it safe for everyone who lives or works there.
So how do you ensure you are indeed dealing with a professional you can trust?
Before confirming your asbestos removal in Brisbane, we recommend requesting proof of proper training and licensing for removing asbestos.
Not only will this give you valuable peace of mind, but it will also ensure you have done your due diligence concerning your legal obligations for its safe removal. Requesting details of appropriate insurance is also recommended simply due to the dangers involved during removal.
Checking out online testimonials or reviews of the service in question can also be beneficial. Look for companies that are responsive, efficient and reliable.
Icon Asbestos Removal – The Team You Can Trust
Hiring a professional asbestos removalist in Brisbane will guarantee you peace of mind knowing that your property has been safely removed from any potential dangers posed by this hazardous material.
At Icon Asbestos Removal we have over 15 years of experience dealing with asbestos removal in both residential and commercial locations. We are fully licensed and insured and take the utmost care with every removal we undertake. The health and safety of your family, employees and our team is our leading priority.
We are equipped with the necessary skills and techniques to remove asbestos-containing materials from residential and commercial buildings, ensuring that the risk of exposure is minimised or eliminated entirely.
This expertise combined with our exceptional customer service makes us a leading asbestos removal service in Brisbane. To request your obligation-free quote, contact our team today at 07 3053 3453.